Talk Science Course
Talk Science course is made up of the following modules:
· How Science Works: Mystery Boxes
A hands-on classroom activity which highlights the skills and processes that scientists use and how science is a social and creative subject. The activity also develops inquiry and questioning skills.
· Elements of a good discussion
Discussion is an indicator of learning and helps deepen understanding. This module focuses on what makes a good discussion, what social and physical elements are needed to support good discussion, and how these can be adapted for
· Engage, Inform & Enable:
Exploring tools and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective discussion both in and outside the classroom. Activities include:
Powerful Questions – How to generate good hook questions to open a discussion by linking together things young people are interested in with topics teachers have to teach
Resources – What tools and resources can be used to provide background content knowledge of a topic
Discussion Formats – Tried and tested frameworks to set up effective discussion both inside and outside the classroom.
Get Everyone Involved – Tools to get everyone involved and engaged with a discussion. Sticky moments: how to deal with issues which may arise when using discussion
Discussion lesson Planning – Opportunity to work in small groups to create a discussion based lessons using the ideas and tools from over the day. Provides each teacher with at least 3 or 4 different
lesson that they could use back in their classrooms.
What are the elements of good (and bad) facilitation? The Mystery Objects activity explores the importance of preparing access questions to keep discussion flowing and how to pass ownership of learning to students.
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